|Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
Chilean name: Tagua andina
|Lauca NP, Chile
The Andean Coot is distributed from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile to north-west Argentina. It is found mainly at between 2,100 metres and 4,700 metres but it is occasionally seen at the coast in Peru and northern Chile. It prefers lakes and ponds on the altiplano.
|It is a reasonably large coot though the smallest of the 3 species found on the altiplano. It is blackish with a slightly darker head. It has a small dark red frontal shield and a yellow bill with a grey tip.|